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Packaging giant RPC Group has continued its investment and growth in the PET sector through the acquisition of Etten-Leur, the Netherlands-based PET Power BV. The purchase brings together two of the principal players in the European packaging market. 17 February 2015
A Russian flexible packaging, sheet and decorative finished materials producer has diversified into plastic bottle production. 10 February 2015
R&D/Leverage, a mould maker and brand development firm, has formed a partnership with Hughes Design Group, a US-based visual branding and packaging design firm. 20 January 2015
Italian blow moulding machinery maker Plastiblow is launching North American sales. 8 December 2014
Sipa has acquired the injection-stretch-blow moulding (ISBM) equipment business of Automa. No transaction price was disclosed in the announcement by Sipa which, like Automa, is based in Italy. Sipa already makes ISBM machines for producing PET containers, but the addition of the Automa technology expands its capabilities. 28 November 2014
Macchi, the Italian maker of blown film lines, generated sales of about €41m in 2013, with just 110 employees. 6 November 2014
Bekum Maschinenfabriken, the maker of blow moulding machines founded in Berlin in 1959, is moving its Berlin production to its other plant, in Traismauer, Austria. 14 October 2014
Italian plastics packaging blow moulder Serioplast is continuing to expand across Europe and beyond with its latest plant due to go on stream in Russia late this year. 30 September 2014
Cincinnati-based Milacron plans to invest $30m (€22.6m) over the next three years in India. 21 August 2014
A number of Sidel customers, suppliers and key partners have recently been the target of Internet-based fraud attempts, said the plastics drinks packaging company. “They received fake emails or phone calls from so-called Sidel employees, requesting or providing business sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, banking details and/or invoice information with the objective of using this information to divert payments from the pre-agreed payment methods,” the company said in a statement. 11 August 2014
A new blow moulding and filling technology called LiquiForm has been announced that uses pressurised consumable liquid instead of compressed air to form plastic containers. By combining the bottle forming and filling processes into one step, this technology eliminates numerous manufacturing steps, significantly reducing cost and waste, says the LiquiForm Group. 31 July 2014
Sidel Group has supplied a SBO heat-resistance blow moulding machine and a Matrix hot filler to the first hot-fill line with slurry dosing to be installed in Kazakhstan and central Asia, saving Galanz Bottlers $1.4m (€1m) a year. 16 July 2014
Sidel has shipped a giant Combi blow moulding machine – the biggest Combi ever built for carbonated soft drinks, with 20 blow moulding stations, 162 flowmeter filling valves and 18 capping heads – to Argentinian beverage producer, Refres Now. 20 June 2014
Milacron is doubling the capacity of its China factory, both to expand its production of injection molding machines and begin manufacturing extrusion and blow moulding equipment there. 28 April 2014
ContiTech, an automotive parts manufacturer, has announced its acquisition of two Germany-based blow moulding companies. Hanover-based ContiTech Inotec says that it has bought Innovative Technologie and Präzisionstechnik Geithain. 2 April 2014

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